Monday, July 14, 2014

Glasgow 2015 Confirm Competition Dates

IPC Swimming and British Swimming confirmed on Sunday (13 July) that the dates for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, have been moved to one year from now, from 13-19 July.

The competition was originally scheduled for 18-25 July. 

Glasgow was announced as the host city of the prestigious competition in 2012 and the awarding of the event was originally stated as a European Championships but with a change to the IPC Swimming calendar the competition was upgraded to a World Championships.

The World Championships is the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of a Paralympic year and the competition is expected to see more than 650 athletes from more than 50 countries compete for honours.

The venue will be Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the same pool that will host the swimming competitions of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said: "Glasgow has everything needed to stage our World Championships and we are looking forward to working with British Swimming, UK Sport, Event Scotland and Glasgow City Council to make these Championships a fantastic event."

David Sparkes, Chief Executive for British Swimming said: " British Swimming together with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, EventScotland and UK Sport believe we can showcase Paralympic Swimming to the whole of World.

“The Paralympics in London introduced the world to the quality of swimming and I hope that audience will embrace this competition in the same way."

Simon Morton, Director of Major Events at UK Sport, said: "We're delighted that the IPC Swimming World Championships will be one of the first major international Paralympic events to join UK Sport's Gold Event Series - our programme to host some of the world's biggest sporting events in the UK following London 2012 and Glasgow 2014."

Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "Glasgow's reputation as one of the world's leading sporting cities is growing all the time thanks to our investment in new and improved facilities and our ongoing sporting events programme.

"The improvements at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre will create a facility that will host world-class competitions, such as the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, as well as being open for local community use."

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland added: "Scotland is the perfect stage for events and in the refurbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre we have a venue truly worthy of hosting a championship of this calibre. Welcoming the Commonwealth Games to the country in 2014 is a huge milestone but what happens after that is vital; and these championships will add to our ever growing portfolio of major events from 2015 onwards."

Maureen Campbell, Chair of Scottish Swimming said "Tollcross is a first class facility and the city of Glasgow will provide a fantastic welcome to competitors from all nations."